Resilience and Electricity

  • Mohsen Ghafory-AshtianyEmail author
  • Mahban Arghavani
Part of the Disaster and Risk Research: GADRI Book Series book series (DRRGBS)


Increasing number of power supply interruptions due to earthquakes leads to heavy direct and indirect economic losses and indicates the importance of resilience of electric power networks. The present study, focusing on the seismic resilience of the electricity transmission grid, is looking to develop a basic framework for calculating power grid performance and resilience. This research, based on the network performance analysis and graph theory, is using a prototype model of the electricity transmission grid to calculate the average performance of the system over recovery time, as the system resilience. This model considers various levels of network damaged by classifying components damage degrees between zero and one and assigning performance values to each level to go beyond the binary statement of connectivity analysis while having fast and simple calculations.


Power grid Infrastructure Risk Resilience Recovery Earthquake 



This project is supported by the International Institute of Earthquake Engineering and Seismology (IIEES), and it is a part of M. Arghavani’s Ph.D. dissertation at IIEES. Also, a part of the research was developed during the Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP) at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Laxenburg, Austria. We are especially grateful to all those who have helped in carrying out this research.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.International Institute of Earthquake Engineering and Seismology (IIEES), Iranian Earthquake Engineering Association (IEEA)TehranIran
  2. 2.International Institute of Earthquake Engineering and Seismology (IIEES), Earthquake Risk Management Research CenterTehranIran

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